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Los Fresnos Boys & Girls Club starts meals program

Los Fresnos Boys & Girls Club workers prepare packages for its Grab & Go Meals program, which began on May 26. Photo: Tony Vindell / LFN

By TONY VINDELL
LFN

LOS FRESNOS – Even though money is now a bigger issue due to no revenue coming in because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Fresnos Boys & Girls Club has started a new program that provides meals to those who are members of the organization.

Grab & Go Meals began Tuesday, May 26, and will run through July 31, thanks to a grant the club received from an Austin-based operation.
Each meal consists of a brown bag lunch and a snack distributed outside the BGC behind Memorial Park in Los Fresnos.

Eddie Barron, the club’s executive director, said they are prepared to hand out 60 meals to club members.

“Funding is an issue right now so we are trying to be cost-effective,” he said.

“We received this grant that has enabled us to provide these meals during this crucial time.”

Close to 20 youngsters showed up last Tuesday, but the club expected to get an increase in numbers as more parents found out more about the program.

Joe Benavides, the BGC director of operations, said the meal distribution takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Last week, it was held from Tuesday through Friday, but starting this week, the distribution will take place on Monday and Wednesday, and each club member will receive two days worth of the lunch meals.

Barron said they don’t know yet when the club will reopen its day-to-day activities.

“It will be up to the board to decide when,” he said, “and I hope to find out soon.”

The BGC has some 600 members who use its after school, summer and sport programs on a yearly basis.

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